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Match Report: Exeter City vs Blackpool

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Exeter City fell at the final hurdle in their bid for promotion as they lost the League Two play-off final to Blackpool at Wembley.

Paul Tisdale's side made the worst possible start and were behind within 2 minutes as Brad Potts gave Blackpool the lead after a well-worked move. Exeter grew into the game and were level before half time thanks to a calm lob from David Wheeler.

Disappointed fans face a long journey home. Credit: PA

But in the second half Blackpool took control through a Mark Cullen tap in.Ollie Watkins then headed over late on as Blackpool held on for victory. The defeat means a long journey home for those travelling back to Devon this evening but they may be consoled by their side's turnaround this season.

As late as December 17th they had not seen a home win at St James Park but a remarkable run of form and a late winner in the play off semi finals brought them to Wembley.

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This game was a step too far though and it may be even harder to stomach defeat given the Grecians' bitter rivals Plymouth Argyle did secure promotion.

There was also no Exeter double in London play off finals as Paul Tisdale's team were unable to emulate their neighbours the Exeter Chiefs who won their play off final against Wasps at Twickenham on Saturday.

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Exeter City vs Newport match delayed after M5 cattle incident

The M5 came to a standstill earlier today as thousands of cars an hour made their way into the South West to enjoy the sunshine.

A trailer transporting animals overturned on the M5 at Exeter in the southbound carriageway.

Traffic was temporarily halted in both directions while the cattle were transferred into an undamaged vehicle.

The referee for Exeter City's home game against Newport decided to delay kick-off until 15:30 to allow everyone to arrive.

Exeter City chairman: 'we've got an exceptional manager'

Julian Tagg, Exeter City chairman

Exeter City's chairman has praised manager Paul Tisdale after a convincing 3-0 win against Colchester, which has boosted their play-off ambitions.

Julian Tagg heralded the turnaround which has seen the Grecians restore their home form and climb 14 places to 9th in League 2.

"It was important that we didn't panic. And if you're doing the right things every day, eventually it's going to come right - and that's what happened", he said.

Tagg also told ITV News he was pleased with the way the fans backed the manager: "There's an awful lot of fans who stayed behind him."

"We've got an exceptional manager in every way. It's a difficult position he sits in because in one respect the most important thing is the next result, but also he has to have an eye on bringing through the next young players."

Exeter City's next game is away at Portsmouth.

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